Most people have never used natural, handmade soap before. In fact, most people have never used soap before! What do you mean?
If you look at the packaging detail on the commercial soaps you find in the store, it’s unlikely you will find the term “soap” on the package! Why? Because store-bought soap is usually made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. These ingredients can be drying or irritating to the skin. Handmade soap is created from scratch, using plant oils and other nourishing ingredients. Pure soap does not contain harsh ingredients and qualifies as ‘soap’.
Handmade soap is much gentler on the skin and can be customised to suit your own skin type. This is especially wonderful if you have problem skin and need something soothing and natural that will not further irritate your skin. If you have never used handmade soap before, give it a try, your skin will love it! I have personally used many different kinds of handmade soap … well, of course I have! I’m a soapmaker 🙂 They really do make your skin feel much softer, smoother and less dry.
So why is handmade, natural soap more expensive than store-bought soap? Well, like I said before, the soap you usually buy from the store does not contain a lot of skin-loving ingredients. They are mostly made with chemical detergents and synthetic lathering agents. Real soap contains a lot more of the natural plant oils your skin needs. These oils are more expensive, but they feed and nourish your skin, rather than strip your skin of its natural oils like most commercial soaps do.
This is also why you need to moisturise your skin after a bath, because the chemicals and synthetic ingredients dry out your skin. I have found that when I use handmade soap, I do not need to moisturise as much. So is it then really that much more expensive? They do provide a lot more benefits than commercial soaps and you do end up saving by not using so much extra moisturising products.
You can also make your own soap if you are willing to learn the skills involved. Learning this will enable you to customise your soap to suit your skin’s needs. This is especially necessary if you have problem skin like eczema, for example.
If you would like to find out more about making your own soap at home, read this post on How To Make Natural Soap.